Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote a tell-all book, has just sued his old boss in federal court.
Sims wrote the book, ‘Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House,’ which quickly shot up the New York Times bestseller list after Trump tweeted about it.
It is not entirely critical of Trump, in fact, it seems Sims likes and respects Trump, but the same cannot be said for the rest of Trump’s staff who Sims destroys.
Trump being a loyal guy went after Sims in arbitration citing an NDA. From The Hill:
A former White House communications aide who wrote a memoir about his experience working in the Trump administration is suing President Trump.
Cliff Sims, who once served as director of White House message strategy and as a special assistant to the president, is arguing that Trump used his campaign as “a private surrogate” for the federal government in an effort to get retribution on him and prevent him from invoking his First Amendment rights.
The New York Times noted that Trump’s campaign organization filed an arbitration claim against Sims last week, accusing him of violating a nondisclosure agreement by publishing accounts of his time in the White House in the book, “Team of Vipers.”
Sims filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Washington on Monday. He said in the suit that he couldn’t recall if he signed a nondisclosure agreement when he joined the administration.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Sims accuses Trump of “seeking to impose civil liability against Sims through application of NDAs that apply to information Mr. Sims learned solely during his federal service.”
From Law and Crime:
Attorneys Mark Zaid and Bradley P. Moss previously told Law&Crime that an NDA preventing a person from speaking about their time as a White House staffer would be “legally unenforceable,” except when it comes to classified information. They would add that they would consider representing Sims pro bono.
Well, Zaid and Moss are now representing Sims pro bono.
“The Defendants seek to unlawfully penalize and impose a prior restraint upon Mr. Sims with respect to the publication and discussion of his book, Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)(“Team of Vipers”) and any information he learned as a result of serving as a federal employee,” the lawsuit begins.
“The U.S. Government is intentionally and unconstitutionally engaging in a subterfuge effort to use a private entity Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., to do its bidding to silence Mr. Sims when it is really the intense powers of the Presidency coming down upon a sole individual.”
“This action seeks to permanently enjoin the Defendants from silencing Mr. Sims with respect to any information he learned during his tenure as a federal employee, and any legal rights and protections therefrom that may necessarily flow,” the suit continues.
This is a pro bono effort to ensure any former Fed employee who desires to speak out against this Administration, or any future one, can do so w/o intimidation. https://t.co/KIlpkSM9cG
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 11, 2019